Jackson to Audubon State Historic Site
Before or after this ride, which begins and ends in Jackson, take time to explore this charming, quiet town. Pick up a brochure of the historic district when you visit the Republic of West Florida Museum in the Old Hickory Village on College Street. The museum has exhibits of vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages.
This 29-mile loop to Audubon State Historic Site and Oakley Plantation will give you a good workout. Highway 421 is smooth and takes you to nice, sandy creeks between the rolling hills. The scenery ranges from forests to farmland. The Audubon State Historic Site and Oakley Plantation are at the 23-mile point. A tour of the 200-year-old home and verdant woodland that surrounds the house will give you some insight into artist and naturalist John James Audubon’s stay at Oakley. There are no stores along the route, so bring lots of water and snacks.
Start: Parking lot at the corner of College & Charters in Jackson. There is a large sign for the Museum and Library at this corner. Go West on Hwy 10.
1.0 Right on Hwy. 421.
14.6 Left on Jones Vaughn Creek Road. Easily missed! Watch for blue & white street sign.
15.2 Right on Sage Hill Road. Easily missed!
19.3 Left at T and Stop (Bains Ristroph Road)
20.2 Left at T and Stop. (Hwy.10. Church on left)
20.2 Immediate right on Joe Daniels Road.
22.5 Left on Hwy. 965.at T and Stop.
22.7 Audubon State Historic Site and Oakley Plantation. Note: Oakley, the house at the Audubon State Historic Site, is where John James Audubon lived for a short time in 1821. He was tutoring the owners’ daughter in drawing, dance, French and Latin for $60 a month plus room and board. Half his time was left free to work on his paintings of birds. Although there is no record of his success in teaching Miss Pirrie to draw, in his personal endeavors he completed or began 32 paintings while at Oakley. Guided tours are offered daily.
23.0 Green Acres Campground.
25.8 The Lodge at the Bluffs on Thompson Creek. All suite lodging and Arnold Palmer Golf Course. Restaurant open daily.
27.0 Right on Hwy. 10
29.2 Jackson at the corner of College & Charters (Hwy.10) There is a large sign for the Museum and Library at this corner.